05/06/09

Drive the Tesla Supercar and Save the Planet

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We’re absolutely thrilled to announce the addition of the all-electric Tesla Roadster to the Vulcan Motor Club’s collection of world-class supercars. This supercar has more grunt off the blocks than a Ferrari Maranello. It has the same acceleration as a Porsche 911 – 0 to 60 in 3.9 seconds, or roughly the time it takes for you to read and absorb the sensational meaning of this sentence.

Tesla Roadster

The carbon-fiber-paneled roadster is made spunky by an air-cooled electric motor fed by 6,831 lithium-ion cells resembling slightly overweight AA batteries. No gas, no oil, just juice from the wall socket—amounting to about $4 worth for a single fill-up.

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And this roadster can flat-out haul. You remember that bit in Star Wars, when the Millennium Falcon makes the leap into hyperspace, and the stars are turned into white streaks? That’s the kind of acceleration we are talking about.

Tesla Roadster interior

Nail the go pedal, and the power electronics module summons a ferocious torrent of amps, energizing the windings of the 375-volt AC-induction motor. Instantly the motor’s 276 pound-feet of torque is converted to dumbfounding acceleration. Total number of moving parts: one.
Tesla Roadster Rear

Street lights streak past like tracer bullets. Mental circuits go snap-pop with the thrust. God has grabbed you by the jockstrap and fired you off his thumb, rubber band-style.

The Tesla is not perfect. But still amazing. One day, we predict, they’ll put a Tesla Roadster in the Smithsonian. For whatever follies there are to come, the Tesla Roadster is here now, a divine spark, an animating lightning stroke of a whole new kind of car industry.

You have to respect that.

VULCAN MOTOR CLUB: THE LUXURY OF CHOICE
Join the Vulcan Motor Club and you’ll have private access to the Tesla Roadster, as well as a fleet of a dozen world-class supercars from Ferrari, Lamborghini, and much more. All without the cost, inconvenience, and downsides of ownership. Join the club and make this summer one to remember.